What Causes Cystitis and How to Manage it with Ayurveda

Cystitis is the inflammatory condition of your urinary bladder. It is very common in women who are sexually active.

Causes of Cystitis

  • Bacterial infection.
  • Incomplete evacuation of bladder due to stones, prostate enlargement, tumours, spinal cord injury.
  • Uncontrolled diabetes.
  • Weak immune power.
  • Chemotherapy, radiation.
  • Certain chemicals used for personal care and birth control aids like a diaphragm and spermicidal agents.
  • During pregnancy and menopause.
  • Bedridden patients using catheters.

Symptoms of Cystitis

  • Urgency and frequent urination.
  • Pain and pressure in your lower abdomen.
  • Blood in the urine.
  • Mild fever.
  • Cloudy urine with an offensive smell.

Ayurvedic Management of Cystitis

  • Have warm water baths in a bathtub. Make sure the water level is up to your umbilicus or give hot compress to your lower abdomen to relieve pain.
  • Eat watermelon, grapes, cranberry and cucumber.
  • Drink enough water boiled with coriander seeds.
  • Extract fresh juice of ash gourd or winter melon and add little sugar candy. Drink twice a day about 100ml.
  • Drink well-churned buttermilk added with coriander leaves and tender coconut.
  • Avoid sour and spicy foods.
  • Herbs like Gokshura, Punarnava, Dashamoola, Musta, Usheera, Guduchi, Shatavari, Sariva, Amalaki are very useful in cystitis. You can prepare decoction from any of these herbs and drink twice daily.
  • Chandraprabha vati, Ushirasava, Sarivadyasava, Chandanasava, Brihatyadi kashayam, Punarnavasavam, etc are also beneficial.

Prevention of Cystitis

  • Drink sufficient amount of water. Avoid drinking coffee, alcohol, and other carbonated drinks.
  • Don’t hold the urge to urinate. Evacuate your bladder as soon as you get the urge.
  • Try to urinate and wash your private area after sexual intercourse.
  • Avoid using deodorant and other chemical-based personal care products in the genital region.

Additional Reading:

Home Remedies and Ayurvedic Treatment for Urinary Incontinence

What Causes UTI and How to Manage It with Ayurveda

Acute Cystitis – An Overview

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